Join Date: May 2017
Dogs Name: Zeus
Dogs Age: 2 as of June 2017
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Melbrod, thank you for your reply, I wanted to share a bit more about Zeus:
For rescue I mean, we adopted my in Austria after police dog training. It was not easy at all because they had concerns about his protective drive but after showing them for a whole day that he showed no aggressiveness towards us (wife and kids), he was on the plane back to the US.
Upon arriving home, he was very inquisitive about the home, he went everywhere and surprisingly, he knew how to open most doors (the knobs had to be replaced with solid ones and some now have child covers).
At the park he runs around quite a bit, fetches tennis balls (usually destroys them on the way back with them). Does not care to go towards other dogs and seems fine if other dogs go near him and briefly sniff him. If they try to entice play, he backs away, if they insist he gets in his pose and the dogs leave quickly. He does not bother other dog owners as long as they don't run towards us (family). At that point he drops everything and runs back. A very stern stop, sit and stay will stop him but he still barks and seems rather upset (hair up).
He can come to a restaurant as long as he sits next to me and nobody hovers over him/me or any family member (waiter included).
Walking him on the road is easy as he heels well and we usually break his focus should he dislike something/someone with a gentle tug on his leash or vest handle. Over the last year he learned to not get worked up with animals (squirrels etc) in the backyard.
Within the house, backyard or doggie park he knows that simply telling him "where's XYZ" means go look for that person, he immediately takes off looking for them and sits next to them barking back (not at them). It makes playing hide and seek easy with the kids.
At no time does he pull hard on the leash to go after anything and he does listen (while on the leash) to stand down but he does so with his hair up and making unhappy noises. He loves to play with us, we do our very best to curb the remaining and minimal mouthing (he is 2). If he accidentally mouths too hard (and by no means not breaking the skin), he immediately back off like if he is sorry and tries to lick the hand. He has never been aggressive to anyone in my family, contrary to that he is unusually affectionate.
He plays with a few toys but we pic those carefully as they don't last long, a maxi kong lasts about a day. He has a few toys made of hard plastic that lasted for weeks luckily. He has a small tire shaped one that he also learned how to throw. Backyard footbal is impossible as he will jump pretty high, intercept and puncture the ball immediately.
Overall, the biggest issue is that he will not allow strangers near us. He seems to overly easily perceive them as threats. Boarding works as follows, I walk in the place, tie him to the tie ring handle the paperwork walk out and the one trainer that knows him waits for me to leave to take him. If she walks over while I am next to him he will not allow her. When a friend of mine, K9 officer with his german sheppard came to visit, we all sat on the deck, Zeus was on a leash sitting next to me, my friend sat across the table from me and he was OK but his dog (not on leash) got the stare of death, Zeus assumed the stance and the other do went and sat away in a corner of the deck with his tail between his legs and looking rather sad. Zeus sat again and was OK but kept an eye on him making noises anytime the other dog started to move. In essence if I must have guests either he is not with us or I must have him on a 2ft leash.